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>>> good morning. in the state of the union, president obama presses congress on issues including taxes, entitlements, immigration, and gun control. >>> market milestones. the dow turning in its highest close of the year. announcing 1% of an all-time record. >>> and in corporate news, comcast is buying the rest of nbcuniversal from general election for $16.7 billion. it's wednesday, february 13, 2013. "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone, welcome to "squawk box" on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and andrew ross sorkin. we are following major stories. after yesterday's close on wall street, u.s. equity futures this morning, well, you see they are fight a little bit higher. -- they are fight a little bit higher. after gains yesterday, the dow up more than 45 points yesterday. our guest host is westwood capital's len bloom. the next hour, famed investor and billionaire real estate tycoon, sam zell. top-ranked money manager don yakman. his fund have seen annual returns of 10% over the last five years. we'll also talk about how business leaders and inv
in on regular conference calls with the white house. they're among the leaders the obama administration is turning to for advice on everything from the deficit to taxes to the broader economy. >>> then, after we talk to them, they're going to paint a picture for us, we're going to turn to two powerful investors for insight into what the conversation in washington means for the broader markets. cowen and company ceo jeff solomon will join us, and the bond king, bill gross. first, steve will bring us up to speed on the morning's top stories. steve? >> thank you, michelle. disney posting better than expected earnings and revenues after the bell. the company says it expects the next few quarters to be better on a stronger lineup of films and growing attendance at its theme parks. ceo bob iegory was on cnbc's "closing bell." >> you had a lot of ins and outs. basically, the trendser good. we had strong results at our domestic parks. the bookings have been pretty solid. advertising was okay. and generally speaking, our business performed well. and our interactive media group was profitable for
congress takes action. we will talk to president obama's right hand xhan on the economy been gene sperling. and we will talk about what action or inaction means in corporate america and the markets. among our guests today, larry bossidy. he will be our guest host today. evercore's founding partner, roger altman. >>> in the headlines this morning, royalty pharma is making an $11 a share bid to acquire elon. it hasn't received a formal response, but acknowledges it has been unsuccessful so far in its efforts to engage with the drugmaker since making that offer. shares rising this morning. take a look. also today, voluntarily recalls all lots of anemia treatment in the u.s. by royalty pharma. the drug is used to treat anemia. shares of affy defendant's exhibit madz down sharply in early trading this morning. >>> and hewlett packard announcing it's making a tablet that uses google's operating system. the hp7 will be in a similar size to the amazon fire. hp had a failed attempt back in 2011 with a device based on palm's web os software when it bought that for a nice sum -- actually, it paid way
calloused. i think part of the story playing out is the opposite of what obama is saying which is fire and brimstone and rockets. >> i don't believe the -- if you do the math, it's 85 billion, but it's spread out over time. i think the bright red was 45 billion by september. it's 0.25%. in and of itself, it's not a big deal in this economy. >> and is we wait a month and the fed puts 85 billion back into the market, don't they, andrew? >> but not in the economy. >> the economy doesn't take it, huh? >> but, you know, i think the big point is we have a -- >> we -- >> and in the context of how does it matter is how does the market react to it? and that's the thing to watch. how does the market react in europe? i don't know that it's italy. italy is okay. >> even the austerity in italy, it's not all the same. it has been tax hikes. the spending cuts, that side of austerity always turns out bad. >> spain. >> spain has a different issue. >> they've had real cuts. >> yeah. >> and unemployment, they've had real cuts. >> and the market has forgotten about the fact that we need a banking unit. th
spending. we promise. we will do it. and they both agreed to do this. now it was a -- obama is not asking to do targeted spending cuts. he's asking to do a deficit reduction package. >> it has moved. >> it has moved. and the u.s. -- >> we talked clearly about it and -- >> and you ask the people in the u.s., what about sequester? i just want to see that we can cut spending. the reason we -- >> it's symbolic at this point. >> it is. it's only 44 billion by tend of the year. >> i would agree. i would think that if you hadn't looked at what you had done over the last couple of months where it had been partisan politics and where republicans feel like they got the short end of the stick, you might be able to do a better deal right now. but every time one side feels like it's lost, it has to come back and make up ground. >> government has grown 20% over the last four years. we're trying to cut it marginally. >> but you know as well as i do, it's discretionary spending that's the big problem. >> but there's still hundreds of billions of dollars in discretionary spending. but there's 200 billion
at 400 and above, they're part of the economy. they're getting whacked with the obama care and the deal that was arrived at. all of these things -- >> austerity is ugly. getting there. >> so is oil -- oil's not supposed to go up when the economy's slowing. >> you have the central banks that are printing money. >> you do. >> it's got to go up. >> think about what would happen if they weren't. and in -- all bets off on what happens with the ten year now, too. if we're in a slowing environment. gold suddenliy -- we're immediately going back to 2.75 or 3%. and the dollar's been something to behold in terms of the yen. you don't see that often. and especially when it's telegraphed by --not the guy with the hair, the guy named after lincoln, right? abe. >> abe? >> is it abe? >> or abe. >> i know it. lincoln is hot. >> abe to me. >> lincoln is hot. >> you think it's going to win? >> there's a movie every day. there's that and the o'reillys killing lincoln and "lincoln: the vampire hunter." >> i read the book. >> but? >> i did. >> you had that much time? >> i office a plane. i tried on a plane.
coming at us. we got dodd-frank, which isn't out yet, really. and we got obama care. and obama care, when you look at the complexities in that plan, health care costs are going to go up, they're not going to go down. and you've got temporary workers to deal with. retail has got a hell of a problem. going from 35 hours a week to 30 hours a week for a temporary employee. if you've got 50 employees. you want 49. there's so many complexities in these two things. so my concern about acceleration, is regulatory. warren may have a different view of that. >> interesting thing is i agree with everything jack has said, but it's -- it's i don't come away as pessimistic as he does. but he's absolutely right about, you know, about what's happening with health care, and everything. i don't disagree with a word that he said. that he said. >> and i'm not pessimistic, warren. i'm not pessimistic. i just think we -- we're at a position where we could really take off if we had the right policies. >> yeah. well i -- i -- the interesting thing kind of is that america really is doing better than the rest of th
show, he's come on "morning joe," "new york times," "financial times," but the obama administration, which effectively kicked him out of that job, if you remember, and said, you know, has really reembraced him. they had him out campaigning in the fall. he was at biden's big party in december, he was at hillary clinton's house, you saw just last month. no, i wasn't there. i thought it was a story about power and the return to power, and in a city where people drop people at a whiff of trouble -- >> the mayor never dropped him. >> i think many of his friends never dropped him. i thought it was an interesting sort of look at both steve and new york. >> what he was accused of, what we're talking about here, i'm shocked. that louis renault at its best, isn't it? like that was never done before? >> it was done, by the way, not just done for his case, but carlisle and about nine other -- >> don't show langone. so, this board gives me rates for progressive direct and other car insurance companies? yes. but you're progressive, and they're them. yes. but they're here. yes. are you...? there?
resumed. boston 4i9 with two feet with snow. the governor ordering schools to remain closed. the obama administration declaring a state of emergency in connecticut which will help them get federal moneys for the cleanup. they saw record snow, over three feet. schools there also remaining closed today. we've got some updated outage numbers. some of the figures we had from the weather an hour ago, particularly in rhode island, significantly underreported. here are the new numbers that we have. only 135,000 customers still without power across the northeast. majority in massachusetts, over 110,000. that's down from about 400,000. so they've worked really quickly there. in rhode island the number is now 20,000 down from peak of around 70,000 over the weekend. close to 1400 still in the new york area. and over 200 in connecticut. but that connecticut number might also be higher. the numbers well below hurricane sandy overall. ford's head of u.s. sales says the auto dealer doesn't see any major impacts like they saw during sandy due to the snowstorm. during sandy they lost nearly 200,000 car
and andrew ross sorkin. making headlines this morning, president obama is holding a white house open day-to-day hack-a-thon. >> oh. >> it's about hacking. >> duh. >> i thought it was about filling the entire places with hacks. >> i knew that's where you were going. >> that's what i thaw it was, a swear. >> come on, mr. brand new iphone. >> yeah. the administration is inviting developers and tech experts to come and share ideas. i thought it was just axelrod and a couple of the -- you know, i'm sorry. i apologize for that. hack-a-thon res common in the tech industry, complete with beer, pizza, sleeping bags, they're basically athletic events for technical geeks. i can't get beyond what i think a hack-a-thon is. it's such a perfect name. i was just thinking, we just talked about geeks today. did you see google today? >> i did. >> do you know who this guy is? i would feel inadequate. do you know add ward gorey? he was born in 1925 and it's about doodling. but they need to -- those guys at google every day need to prove their ultimate geekiness to us. >> or you can use it as an opportunity t
the country together, who's taking a partisan approach. president obama does okay on that score. he's 48% of the country say he's trying to bring the country together. 43% say he's taking a partisan approach. but republicans get hammered by the public. only 22% credit republicans with trying to bring the country together. three times that many just about, 64%, say they're driving the country apart -- in a partisan way. and when you look at the issues at stake, each side has some advantages. but -- from the democratic point of view, looking out for the middle class, 22% advantage for the democrats. on the issue of taxes which is traditionally a republican strength, democrats have a small advantage plus 3%. republicans on the flip side, who would do better at protecting a strong defense? 26% advantage for republicans. who'd do better at reducing the deficit? 6% advantage for republicans. so each side brings strengths to this issue. but president obama clearly has the high ground in terms of the bully pulpit and trying to put pressure on republicans. he hasn't been able to put enough pressu
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